I am a 40 year old PhD physicist working in silicon valley. Due to a variety of reasons, I need to relocate my family to the east coast. I have long had an interest in financial markets and thus I'm considering a career in the financial industry. I have a few questions: 1) Would I be ignored or not taken seriously do to my age, 2) I do not have the time or resources to leave my full time job and attend school full time to obtain an MFE. Are there any respected online, part time programs? Do I need an MFE at all? I see that Columbia has an online "certificate" non-degree program, would something like that be sufficient? Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.